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Lentil Soup With Sausage 


- 5 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
- 1 1/4 cups red lentils 
- 6 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tsp. chili powder, optional
- 1\2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 oz smoked sausage
- 1 tbsp. vinegar, or to taste

1. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, stirring occasionally, sauté onion, until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes.
2. Add carrots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add lentils, water, salt, pepper and chili powder, if using. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, covered and cook, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
4. While lentils are cooking, heat remaining oil in a non stick skillet over medium heat, add sausages and brown them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
5. Cool sausage slightly, then cut them into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Add sausage and coriander to the soup and stir in vinegar.
Makes 6 servings.